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Buffalo Bills News - August 9, 2001

Marker Centers eyes idea of coaching career [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'However, the fullback saw a two things in Buffalo that no one else could offer: The chance to play in an offense that will utilize his pass-catching skills and to get a headstart on a coaching career Centers may pursue when his playing days end.'

Marker Referees also in pre-season mode [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'New Bills Coach Gregg Williams is taking full advantage of Carroll, a field judge in his seventh NFL season; Bob Wagner, an umpire in his 17th; Doug Rosenbaum, a side judge in his first year; and Tom Johnson, a head linesman in his 20th season. Also in camp is Jim Poole, who worked two Super Bowls during his 21 years as an official and who now trains officials for the league.'

Marker Conaty takes charge of line [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: '"When I first got here and studied all the film, I noticed that there was a lot more communicating going on when Bill was in there and and there were fewer technical scheme errors," Williams said. "He's a very bright center and he was able to get them to play better as a unit."'

Marker Bowens gets in his first practice [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm going to have to learn on the run, but I'm going to do the best I can to get in the classroom and learn everything I can as quick as possible," he said.'

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August 8, 2001

Marker Bowens in training camp [8:48 PM]
AP reports: 'David Bowens arrived at the Buffalo Bills training camp Wednesday, passed a physical and expressed hope that his third NFL team in three years would be his last stop for a while.'

Marker Bills seek returns after signing Allen [8:46 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, still searching for a kick returner, signed free agent wide receiver Reggie Allen on Wednesday. Allen spent this past year with the Buffalo Destroyers of the Arena Football League, where he set a franchise record with 208 yards on returns in one game. This is Allen's second stint with the Bills after he was cut prior to the start of the 1999 season.'

Marker Johnson dislikes SI's illustration [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Almost from the time Rob Johnson arrived in Buffalo, he has been fighting an unflattering image that he is nothing more than a California pretty boy masquerading as a quarterback. And, in his mind, a recent article in Sports Illustrated has done nothing to help that image.'

Marker Internet advocate [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Since our relaunch . . . the Bills have made a statement that they believe in the Internet. They have committed to it 100 percent," she said. "Without the cooperation of upper management - our head coach, our president and general manager, even (owner) Ralph Wilson does chats and Q&A sessions - without their cooperation nothing will work."'

Marker Bowens obtained to bolster defensive line [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This is the second time the 6-foot-2, 270-pound Bowens has been traded in his two-year career. He was a fifth-round draft pick in 1999 out of Western Illinois University by Denver, where he played eight games as a rookie. He was traded to the Packers last year, played 11 games and recorded 48 tackles and four sacks in 14 games.'

Marker Bills a bad memory for Flutie [6:09 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I always felt in Buffalo that when I performed well, it created more problems, which was amazing to me," Flutie said yesterday. "The better I played, the more problems it caused."'

Marker Bowens traded for TE [5:43 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: '"The defense that we're trying to put together, there's always a need for guys who can get up the field, and we feel David Bowens has that kind of ability."'

Marker Bowens traded for tight end [5:40 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: 'Sherman said trading Bowens, 24, was a difficult decision, but one he had to make. "He's well-liked by the players and the coaches," Sherman said, "but we have an immediate need at tight end."'

Marker Packers trade Bowens to Bills for tight end [5:38 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: '"He's just not quite big enough to play every snap but Buffalo is using Tennessee's system and they can get by with a little lighter guys," Hatley said. "I think David will do a nice job for them. He's got pass rush, a good motor and for a big guy he can play on special teams, which is hard to find."'

Marker Another tough read for Rob [5:33 AM]
D and C reports: '"They made me do some stupid stuff," he said. "It's kind of like they suggest something that's really bad, like sitting in my bed. And then they get me to sit in the hot tub, so that's not as bad as sitting in my bed."'

Marker Bills deal for defensive end [5:32 AM]
D and C reports: '"They called us first," said Donahoe. "They've had some problems with the health of their tight ends so they came to Edinboro to watch the scrimmage and we had some conversations with them after the scrimmage."'

Marker Many arms, little experience [5:32 AM]
D and C reports: 'Now you know why the Buffalo Bills have placed a priority on keeping Rob Johnson healthy. If Johnson is hurt again, the team could be in very serious trouble, because their quarterback depth chart isn't very deep.'

Marker Christie wants no part in kicking off [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: '"This is my 12th year in the NFL, I don't need to be kicking off if I don't have to. These guys are 10 years younger, so they should be able to kick off and I'm all for that."'

August 7, 2001

Marker BILLS OFFER BACK-TO-SCHOOL PROMOTION FOR EAGLES [8:03 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today announced a special "Back-to-School" promotion for the team's August 18th preseason game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

All kids 14-and-under can purchase tickets for only $8 while Bills season-ticket holders have the opportunity to purchase them for $6. Also, the first 10,000 kids through the door will receive an official Bills Back Pack. All fans will be treated to a post-game Fireworks Show.

Marker Training Camp update for 8/8 [7:59 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Players scheduled for the Autograph Tent: Larry Centers, Shawn Bryson, Phillip Crosby (after AM session); Rob Johnson, Pete Gonzalez, Jack Hawley (PM session).

Marker Packers deal David Bowens for Bobby Collins [6:39 PM]
AP reports: 'Packers coach Mike Sherman didn't want to part with Bowens, who was acquired in a trade with Denver last season, but he said he had no choice.'

Marker Morris ready to run again [6:37 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills, meanwhile, sent backup tight end Bobby Collins to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for defensive end David Bowens. In two years with the Bills, Collins caught 15 passes for 196 yards. Bowens has 48 tackles since entering the NFL with Denver in 1999.'

Marker Bills acquire DE David Bowens in trade [4:27 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills acquired DE David Bowens from Green Bay for TE Bobby Collins. Looks like Mr. O'Leary will have a job....

Marker Bills fans enjoy night life [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'More than 6,000 people piled into St. John Fisher College as the Bills continued training camp Monday. The players signed autographs for 25 minutes before holding a two-hour practice session, and the huge crowd was yet another example of how much the area has embraced the "Late Night with the Bills" setting.'

Marker Mind set [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Beebe suffered six severe concussions during a National Football League career during which he made six trips to the Super Bowl, four of them with the Buffalo Bills. Additionally, he estimates that two or three times a game his thought process and awareness were scrambled by collisions that jarred his brain against his skull.'

Marker Camp still a hot ticket [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: 'Compared to a year ago when the Bills relocated their camp from Fredonia to Rochester in order to grow their fan and business base, attendance is down by an average of 1,182 per day for the first six days of full-team workouts.'

Marker Lombardi taught tough love [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: '"If Gregg wins early, it will make him stronger because this style, I know, doesn't work well when you're losing. It gets old real quick."'

August 6, 2001

Marker Fisher finding his defensive niche [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fisher saw time with both the first and second team defense, as well as the dime unit as a pass rusher. For a team in need of defensive-line depth - they've lost starters Bruce Smith, Marcellus Wiley and Ted Washington over the last two years - Fisher helped himself.'

Marker Chuck Knox - next coach headed to HoF? [7:39 AM]
ESPN reports: Everywhere he went, a playoff berth soon followed. Was he imaginative or an innovator? Geez, his old nickname, "Ground Chuck," screams for a negative response to that one. Knox is the sixth-winningest coach in league history and all five of the guys in front of him have their likenesses in bronze here.

Marker Kelly believes Bills can win with Johnson [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'll tell you what. They don't come much tougher than Rob. He got the hell knocked out of him a bunch of times last season and he still got up. I just hope he can throw that ball away when he has to, and save that body, because we need him."'

Marker Bills can capitalize on flap [5:32 AM]
D and C reports: 'Could the Buffalo Bills of all teams benefit from a quarterback controversy in their season-opener Sept. 9 against visiting New Orleans? Saints Coach Jim Haslett says his team's starting QB job is up for grabs between Jeff Blake and Aaron Brooks.'

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